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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340526/an-experimental-study-on-flow-and-heat-transfer-characteristics-of-ethanol-polyalphaolefin-nanoemulsion-flowing-through-circular-minichannels
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Vu Trinh, Jiajun Xu
This work experimentally studied the convective flow and heat transfer characteristics of a novel nanostructured heat transfer fluid: "ethanol/polyalphaolefin nanoemulsion" flowing through 12 circular minichannels of 1-mm diameter each. Ethanol/polyalphaolefin nanoemulsion is a thermodynamically stable system formed by dispersing ethanol into a mixture of "polyalphaolefin (PAO)" and surfactants. In this study, ethanol/PAO nanoemulsion is used as the working fluid to study the effect of ethanol nanodroplets on its convective flow and heat transfer characteristics...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339706/differential-proliferation-and-metabolic-activity-of-sertoli-cells-in-the-testes-of-broiler-and-layer-breeder-chickens
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Mélanie Faure, Edith Guibert, Sabine Crochet, Pascal Chartrin, Jean-Pierre Brillard, Anne Collin, Pascal Froment
Decades of genetic selection have generated 2 different, highly specialized types of chickens in which 1 type, known as the layer-type chicken, expresses high laying performance while the other type, known as the broiler-type chicken, is dedicated to the production of fast-growing birds. Selected lines for the latter type often express disorders in their reproductive performance including early sexual maturation and accelerated, non-reversible seasonal decline of their semen production and mating behavior. The aim of the present study was to characterize some metabolic markers of the Sertoli cell populations...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339663/cardiac-involvement-in-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-a-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study-of-31-consecutive-patients
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Grégory Pugnet, Hervé Gouya, Xavier Puéchal, Benjamin Terrier, André Kahan, Paul Legmann, Loïc Guillevin, Olivier Vignaux
Objectives.: Specific cardiac involvement in granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is probably underestimated since many of these conditions are subclinical. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence and patterns of cardiac abnormalities detected by cardiac MRI (CMRI) in patients with GPA. Methods.: Thirty-one consecutive patients with newly diagnosed or relapsing GPA underwent CMRI to assess morphological, functional, perfusion at rest and delayed enhancement abnormalities...
February 16, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339440/pulsed-radiofrequency-to-the-dorsal-root-ganglion-in-acute-herpes-zoster-and-postherpetic-neuralgia
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Koohyun Kim, Daehyun Jo, EungDon Kim
BACKGROUND: Latent varicella zoster virus reactivates mainly in sensory ganglia such as the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) or trigeminal ganglion. The DRG contains many receptor channels and is an important region for pain signal transduction. Sustained abnormal electrical activity to the spinal cord via the DRG in acute herpes zoster can result in neuropathic conditions such as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Although the efficacy of pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) application to the DRG in various pain conditions has been previously reported, the application of PRF to the DRG in patients with herpes zoster has not yet been studied...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339360/critical-role-of-stir-mri-in-early-detection-of-post-streptococcal-periostitis-with-dysproteinaemia-goldbloom-s-syndrome
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Riccardo Papa, Alessandro Consolaro, Francesca Minoia, Roberta Caorsi, Gianmichele Magnano, Marco Gattorno, Angelo Ravelli, Paolo Picco
OBJECTIVES: In 1966, Goldbloom et al. described two children who developed a peculiar clinical picture characterized by intermittent daily bone pain in the lower limbs, fever spikes, increased acute phase reactants and dysproteinaemia. The syndrome occurred two weeks after a group A β-haemolytic streptococcus infection. So far, only a few cases have been reported in the medical literature in English. METHODS: We report two further cases of Goldbloom's syndrome with a review of the literature in English...
March 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339338/fertility-treatments-among-female-cancer-survivors-giving-birth-a-finnish-register-based-study
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Johanna Melin, Laura Madanat-Harjuoja, Sirpa Heinävaara, Nea Malila, Mika Gissler, Aila Tiitinen
BACKGROUND: Long-term survival rates for most types of childhood cancers have improved dramatically over the past decades. However, because of advances in multimodality treatments, cancer survivors nowadays more often face long-term complications, including diminished gonadal and reproductive function. The aim of this study was to identify whether the use of fertility treatments among early onset (0-34 years) cancer survivors giving birth differed from that among siblings giving birth and to identify the subgroups of cancer survivors that were most likely to require fertility treatments...
March 24, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338766/a-multi-proxy-assessment-of-dieback-causes-in-a-mediterranean-oak-species
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Michele Colangelo, J Julio Camarero, Giovanna Battipaglia, Marco Borghetti, Veronica De Micco, Tiziana Gentilesca, Francesco Ripullone
Drought stress causes forest dieback that is often explained by two interrelated mechanisms, namely hydraulic failure and carbon starvation. However, it is still unclear which functional and structural alterations, related to these mechanisms, predispose to dieback. Here we apply a multi-proxy approach for the characterization of tree structure (radial growth, wood anatomy) and functioning (δ13C, δ18O and non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs)) in tree rings before and after drought-induced dieback. We aim to discriminate which is the main mechanism and to assess which variables can act as early-warning proxies of drought-triggered damage...
February 9, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338721/mammographic-density-defined-by-higher-than-conventional-brightness-thresholds-better-predicts-breast-cancer-risk
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Tuong L Nguyen, Ye K Aung, Christopher F Evans, Gillian S Dite, Jennifer Stone, Robert J MacInnis, James G Dowty, Adrian Bickerstaffe, Kelly Aujard, Johanna M Rommens, Yun-Mi Song, Joohon Sung, Mark A Jenkins, Melissa C Southey, Graham G Giles, Carmel Apicella, John L Hopper
Background: Mammographic density defined by the conventional pixel brightness threshold, and adjusted for age and body mass index (BMI), is a well-established risk factor for breast cancer. We asked if higher thresholds better separate women with and without breast cancer. Methods: We studied Australian women, 354 with breast cancer over-sampled for early-onset and family history, and 944 unaffected controls frequency-matched for age at mammogram. We measured mammographic dense area and percent density using the CUMULUS software at the conventional threshold, which we call Cumulus , and at two increasingly higher thresholds, which we call Altocumulus and Cirrocumulus , respectively...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338591/the-course-prediction-and-treatment-of-acute-and-post-traumatic-stress-in-trauma-patients-a-systematic-review
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Eva Visser, Taco Gosens, Brenda Leontine Den Oudsten, Jolanda De Vries
BACKGROUND: Trauma patients suffer from Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is unknown how these disorders develop over time and when treatment is effective. Our aim was to systematically review (i) the course and predictors of ASD and PTSD after trauma and (ii) which and when psychological treatments are effective. METHODS: Embase, Medline, Web of Science, Scopus, PsycInfo, Cinahl, Cochrane, Pubmed, and Google Scholar were searched up to September 14, 2015...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338574/rigid-occipitocervical-instrumented-fusion-for-atlantoaxial-instability-in-an-18-month-old-toddler-with-brachytelephalangic-chondrodysplasia-punctata-a-case-report
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Hiroki Oba, Jun Takahashi, Kyoko Takano, Yuji Inaba, Mitsuo Motobayashi, Gen Nishimura, Shugo Kuraishi, Masayuki Shimizu, Shota Ikegami, Toshimasa Futatsugi, Masashi Uehara, Tomoki Kosho, Hiroyuki Kato, Koki Uno
STUDY DESIGN: Case report OBJECTIVE.: We report here on an 18-month-old boy with brachytelephalangic chondrodysplasia punctata (BCDP), whose atlantoaxial instability was successfully managed with occipitocervical instrumented fusion (OCF) using screw and rod instrumentations. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Recently, there have been a number of reports on BCDP with early onset of cervical myelopathy. Surgical OCF is a vital intervention to salvage affected individuals from the life-threatening morbidity...
March 23, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338556/adult-onset-foveomacular-vitelliform-dystrophy-evaluated-by-means-of-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-a-comparison-with-dry-age-related-macular-degeneration-and-healthy-eyes
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Lisa Toto, Enrico Borrelli, Rodolfo Mastropasqua, Luca Di Antonio, Peter A Mattei, Paolo Carpineto, Leonardo Mastropasqua
PURPOSE: To investigate alterations of superficial and deep retinal vascular densities, as well as of choroidal thickness, in patients affected by adult-onset foveomacular vitelliform dystrophy (AOFVD). METHODS: A total of 22 eyes (15 patients) affected by AOFVD were recruited in the study. Furthermore, 20 eyes of 20 healthy subjects and 20 eyes of 18 patients affected by intermediate dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) were enrolled. All patients underwent a complete ophthalmologic examination, including optical coherence tomography angiography...
March 23, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338340/serum-interleukin-6-is-related-to-lower-cognitive-functioning-in-elderly-patients-with-major-depression
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Nehad Samir Ali, Abdel Hamid Hashem Hashem, Akmal Mostafa Hassan, Alia Adel Saleh, Heba Nabil El-Baz
BACKGROUND: There is an increased evidence of an association between inflammatory mediators, particularly serum IL-6, depression and cognitive impairment in the elderly. This study aims at exploring the relation of peripheral IL-6 to cognitive functions in elderly patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). OBJECTIVES: (1) Assessment of serum IL-6 levels and cognitive functions in elderly patients suffering from major depression and comparing them to healthy age-matched control subjects; (2) correlation between serum IL-6 levels and clinical characteristics of depression and cognitive functions in these patients...
March 24, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338304/hyberbaric-oxygen-as-sole-treatment-for-severe-radiation-induced-haemorrhagic-cystitis
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Athanasios Dellis, Athanasios Papatsoris, Vasileios Kalentzos, Charalambos Deliveliotis, Andreas Skolarikos
PURPOSE: To examine the safety and efficacy of hyperbaric oxygen as the primary and sole treatment for severe radiation-induced haemorrhagic cystitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Hyperbaric oxygen was prospectively applied as primary treatment in 38 patients with severe radiation cystitis. Our primary endpoint was the incidence of complete and partial response to treatment, while the secondary endpoints included the duration of response, the correlation of treatment success-rate to the interval between the onset of haematuria and initiation of therapy, blood transfusion need and total radiation dose, the number of sessions to success, the avoidance of surgery and the overall survival...
March 24, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338280/patients-views-on-their-decision-making-during-inpatient-rehabilitation-after-newly-acquired-spinal-cord-injury-a-qualitative-interview-based-study
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Anke Scheel-Sailer, Marcel W Post, Franz Michel, Tatjana Weidmann-Hügle, Ruth Baumann Hölzle
INTRODUCTION: Involving patients in decision making is a legal requirement in many countries, associated with better rehabilitation outcomes, but not easily accomplished during initial inpatient rehabilitation after severe trauma. Providing medical treatment according to the principles of shared decision making is challenging as a point in case for persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to retrospectively explore the patients' views on their participation in decision making during their first inpatient rehabilitation after onset of SCI, in order to optimize treatment concepts...
March 24, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338188/implication-of-peripheral-blood-mirna-124-in-predicting-acute-myocardial-infarction
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M-L Guo, L-L Guo, Y-Q Weng
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the expression of miR-124 in the patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and elucidated the role of miR-124 on early diagnosis of AMI. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 90 AMI patients were recruited, along with 45 healthy individuals as the control group. Blood samples were collected at different time points (0 h at admission, 6 h, 12 h and 24 h of disease onset). Real-time PCR was used to test miRNA-124 level. ELISA was used to test serum troponin (cTnI) and creatine kinase-MB isoenzyme (CK-MB) levels...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337616/follow-up-results-of-patients-with-adck4-mutations-and-the-efficacy-of-coq10-treatment
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Mustafa Atmaca, Bora Gulhan, Emine Korkmaz, Mihriban Inozu, Oguz Soylemezoglu, Cengiz Candan, Aysun Karabay Bayazıt, Ahmet Midhat Elmacı, Gonul Parmaksiz, Ali Duzova, Nesrin Besbas, Rezan Topaloglu, Fatih Ozaltin
BACKGROUND: ADCK4-related glomerulopathy is an important differential diagnosis in adolescents with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) and/or chronic kidney disease (CKD) of unknown origin. We screened adolescent patients to determine the frequency of ADCK4 mutation and the efficacy of early CoQ10 administration. METHODS: A total of 146 index patients aged 10-18 years, with newly diagnosed non-nephrotic proteinuria, nephrotic syndrome, or chronic renal failure and end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) of unknown etiology were screened for ADCK4 mutation...
March 24, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337576/robotic-video-assisted-thoracoscopy-minimally-invasive-approach-for-management-of-mediastinal-tumors
#17
Pejman Radkani, Devendra Joshi, Tushar Barot, Roy Williams
In spite of difficult anatomic access for tumors of mediastinum, surgical resection remains the best diagnostic and therapeutic approach. Widespread acceptance of video-assisted thoracoscopy (VATS) is restricted by the limiting nature of instruments and suboptimal visualization. Robotic assisted minimally invasive surgery seems to hold most promise in remote, narrow anatomical regions. After obtaining approval from Institutional Review Board (IRB), a retrospective review of prospectively collected database on patients that underwent Robotic VATS between 2009 and 2013 was conducted...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Robotic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336816/glomerular-density-and-volume-in-renal-biopsy-specimens-of-children-with-proteinuria-relative-to-preterm-birth-and-gestational-age
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Kentaro Koike, Yohei Ikezumi, Nobuo Tsuboi, Go Kanzaki, Kotaro Haruhara, Yusuke Okabayashi, Takaya Sasaki, Makoto Ogura, Akihiko Saitoh, Takashi Yokoo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A low total nephron number, which is associated with low birth weight (LBW), may indicate increased susceptibility to early-onset renal diseases in children. However, few studies have assessed renal biopsy findings in LBW children. We examined the relationship between LBW and glomerular density (GD) and/or glomerular volume (GV) in renal biopsy samples as a surrogate for total nephron number. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: Renal biopsy findings of children of LBW were compared with those of age-matched control subjects of normal birth weight (NBW) who were histopathologically diagnosed with FSGS or minimal change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS) from 1995 to 2011...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336519/anticollagen-type-ii-antibodies-are-associated-with-an-acute-onset-rheumatoid-arthritis-phenotype-and-prognosticate-lower-degree-of-inflammation-during-5%C3%A2-years-follow-up
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Vivek Anand Manivel, Mohammed Mullazehi, Leonid Padyukov, Helga Westerlind, Lars Klareskog, Lars Alfredsson, Saedis Saevarsdottir, Johan Rönnelid
OBJECTIVE: Antifibrillar collagen type II (anti-CII) antibody-positive patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have early but not late signs of increased inflammation and joint erosions. We wanted to replicate this in a large RA cohort, and to relate to human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DRB1* alleles. METHODS: Anti-CII and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP)2 were measured at baseline in 773 patients with RA from the Swedish Epidemiological Investigation in Rheumatoid Arthritis (EIRA) study with clinical follow-up data from the Swedish Rheumatology Quality Register (SRQ) registry, and 1476 with HLA-DRB1* information...
March 23, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336490/novel-therapeutic-interventions-for-pseudoachondroplasia
#20
Karen L Posey, Jacqueline T Hecht
Pseudoachondroplasia (PSACH), a severe short-limbed dwarfing condition, is associated with life-long joint pain and early onset osteoarthritis. PSACH is caused by mutations in cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP), a pentameric matricellular protein expressed primarily in cartilage and other musculoskeletal tissues. Mutations in COMP diminish calcium binding and as a result perturb protein folding and export to the extracellular matrix. Mutant COMP is retained in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of growth plate chondrocytes resulting in massive intracellular COMP retention...
March 21, 2017: Bone
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